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Updated January 29, 2019. Information may have since changed.

When you work locum tenens, you may have the desire to practice in various states. As you know, medical licensure fees and requirements—as well as the time frame for processing applications and documentation—vary from state to state. There are a lot of variables to consider, such as how quickly medical schools/postgraduate training programs provide primary source information to a given board or when background check results are returned. Additionally, the board’s workload and the volume of applications it processes could impact the timeline.

We have compiled a list of every medical board/licensing authority in the United States to provide you with information in a single, convenient location. For each state, we have provided contact information and the average time to obtain a license and have noted where Federation Credentials Verifications Service (FCVS) is accepted or required.

ALABAMA (MD/DO)

Medical License Commission of Alabama
P.O. Box 887
Montgomery, AL 36101-0087
Phone: (334) 242-4153
Fax: (334) 242-415
Application Packet: $20
Criminal Background Check Fee: $65
Initial License Fee: $175
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining license: 6 to 8 weeks, but could take up to 6 months

ALASKA (MD/DO)

Alaska State Medical Board
Licensing Examiners
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Phone: (907) 465-2781
Fax: (907) 465-2974
E-mail: medicalboard@alaska.gov
Application Fee: $200
License fee: $300
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining license: 5 to 7 months

ARIZONA (MD/DO)

Arizona Medical Board
9545 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Phone: (480) 551-2700
Fax: (877) 255-2212
Application Fee: $500 (once license is approved, there is a $500 biennial licensing fee)
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining license: 2 to 3 months

ARKANSAS (MD/DO)

Arkansas State Medical Board
Licensure Department
1401 W. Capitol Ave. #340
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 296-1802
Fax: (501) 296-1972
License Fee: $500 ($400 application fee plus $100 Centralized Credentials Verification Service [CCVS] Assessment)
Request for Temporary Permit: $50 plus application fee
FCVS not accepted
Average time for obtaining license: Depends on individual’s application file. Usually a minimum of 6 weeks for a resident and 3 to 4 months if the physician has been in practice for many years or if the applicant is an international medical graduate.

CALIFORNIA

The Medical Board of California (MD)
2006 Evergreen St., Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: (916) 263-2382
Fax: (916) 263-2944
Email: webmaster@mbc.ca.gov
Application Fee: $491 (includes fingerprint processing fee)
Initial License Fee: $808
Limited acceptance of FCVS
Average time for obtaining a license: 60 days once application is submitted

Osteopathic Medical Board of California (DO)
1300 National Dr., Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834-1991
Phone: (916) 928-8390
Fax: (916) 928-8392
E-mail: osteopathic@dca.ca.gov
Application Fee: $249 (includes fingerprint processing fee)
Limited acceptance of FCVS
Average time for obtaining a license: Overall process can take 6 to 7 months

COLORADO (MD/DO)

Colorado Medical Board
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 894-7690
Fax: (303) 894-7692
Email: dora_medicalboard@state.co.us
Licensure Application Fee: $412 (includes processing and licensing fee)
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 6 weeks to 4 months

CONNECTICUT (MD/DO)

Connecticut Department of Public Health
Physician Licensure
410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone: (860) 509-7603
Fax: (860) 707-1931
Email: dph.healingarts@ct.gov
Application Fee: $605 (Note: Applications are only accepted online.)
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 1 to 3 months

DELAWARE (MD/DO)

State of Delaware
Division of Professional Regulation
Cannon Building, Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: (302) 744-4500
Email: customerservice.dpr@state.de.us
Application Fee: $378
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: Not provided; depends on when required documentation is received from other entities. Status of application can be checked online.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA/WASHINGTON, DC (MD/DO)

Department of Health
Board of Medicine
899 North Capitol St., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 442-5955
Fax: (202) 442-4795
Email: doh@dc.gov
Application Fee: $305
License Fee: $500
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: Not provided; once all documents are received, application goes to “analysis phase” and decision will be made at next board meeting. (With the exception of August, board meets monthly.)

FLORIDA

Department of Health
Board of Medicine (MD)
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330
Phone: (850) 245-4131
Fax: (850) 488-0596
Application Fee: $500
Initial License Fee: $429

NICA Fee: $25 for non-participating, $5,000 for participating.
Highly recommends FCVS
Average time for obtaining a license:
 2 to 6 months from receipt of application

Board of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Department of Health

P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330
Phone: (850) 245-4161
Fax: 850-412-2684
Application Fee: $200
Initial Licensure Fee: $305

NICA Fee: $25 for non-participating, $5,000 for participating
Highly recommends FCVS
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 6 months from receipt of application

GEORGIA (MD/DO)

Georgia Composite Medical Board
2 Peachtree St., NW, 36th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3465
Phone: (404) 656-3913
Fax: (404) 656-9723
Application Fee: $500
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 1 to 3 months

HAWAII (MD/DO)

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Professional and Vocational Licensing
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Phone: (808) 586-3000
Email: pvl@dcca.hawaii.gov
Application Fee: $392 (issued 2/1 – 1/31 even years); $221 (issued 2/1 – 1/31 odd years)
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 4 to 6 weeks from the time completed application is received, provided it does not require board review.

IDAHO (MD/DO)

Idaho Board of Medicine
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0058
Phone: (208) 327-7000
Fax: (208) 327-7005
Email: info@bom.idaho.gov
Application Fee: $500 for licensure by endorsement
Requires uniform application
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 4 months

ILLINOIS (MD/DO)

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
Phone: (800) 560-6420
Fax: (217) 782-7645
Application Fee: $700, plus $5 CSR
FCVS Accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 3 to 4 months

INDIANA (MD/DO)

Medical Licensing Board of Indiana
402 W. Washington St., Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 234-2060
Fax: (317) 233-4236
Application Fee: $250, plus $60 CSR
Request for Temporary Permit: $100 plus application fee
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 3 months

IOWA (MD/DO)

Iowa Board of Medicine
400 SW 8th St., Suite C
Des Moines, IA  50309-4686
Phone: 515-281-6641
Fax: (515) 242-5908
Application Fee: $505, plus $60 Uniform Application Fee
Utilizes uniform application
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 3 to 4 months

KANSAS (MD/DO)

Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
800 SW Jackson
Lower Level – Suite A
Topeka, KS  66612
Phone: (785) 296-7413
Fax: (785) 296-0852
Application Fee: $300, plus $60 Uniform Application Fee
Background Check Fee: $47
NPDB Report Fee: $3
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 4 months

KENTUCKY (MD/DO)

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
Hurstbourne Office Park
310 Whittington Pkwy., #1B
Louisville, KY  40222-4916
Phone: (502) 429-7150
Fax: (502) 429-7158
Application Fee: $300
FCVS required
Temporary Permit: No additional fee/application fee only
Average time for obtaining a license: 8 to 10 weeks

LOUISIANA (MD/DO)

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 30250
New Orleans, LA  70190-0250
Phone: (504) 568-6820
Fax: (504) 568-8893
Application Fee: $382
FCVS required
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 weeks to 3 months

MAINE

Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine (MD)
137 State House Station
161 Capitol St.
Augusta, ME 04333-0137
Phone: (207) 287-3601
Fax: (207) 287-6590
Application Fee: $700
FCVS accepted 

Requires completion of uniform application
Average time for obtaining a license: Up to 90 days after board receives application and all documents

Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure (DO)
142 State House Station
161 Capitol St.
Augusta, ME 04333-0142
Phone: (207) 287-2480
Fax: 207-536-5811
Email: osteo.pfr@maine.gov
Application Fee: $350 for licensure by endorsement
FCVS accepted

Requires completion of uniform application
Average time for obtaining a license: 60 to 90 days for total processing of application

MARYLAND (MD/DO)

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Maryland Board of Physicians
4201 Patterson Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 764-4777
Fax: (410) 358-2252
Email: mbpmail@rcn.com
Application Fee: $790 U.S. medical school graduate, $890 international medical school graduate
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of up to 4 months

MASSACHUSETTS (MD/DO)

Massachusetts Board of Education in Medicine
200 Harvard Mill Square, Suite 330
Wakefield, MA 01880
Phone: (781) 876-8200
Fax: (781) 876-8383
Initial Full License: $600
FCVS accepted, but required for foreign graduates
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 8 to 16 weeks

MICHIGAN

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Professional Licensing
Michigan Board of Medicine (MD)
P.O. Box 30192
Lansing, MI  48909-8170
Phone: (517) 335-0918
Fax: (517) 373-2179
Application Fee: $151.50. (If also applying for a controlled substance license, the fee is $237.35.)
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 6 to 8 weeks

Michigan

 Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (DO)
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Professional Licensing

P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 517-335-0918
Application Fee: 
$151.50. (If also applying for a controlled substance license, the fee is $237.35.)
FCVS Accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 
Minimum of 6 to 8 weeks

MINNESOTA (MD/DO)

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3246
Phone: (612) 617-2130
Fax: (612) 617-2166
Email: Medical.Board@state.mn.us
Application Fee: $392 ($200 processing fee and $192 annual registration fee)
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 3 months

MISSISSIPPI (MD/DO)

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure
1867 Crane Ridge Dr., Suite 200-B
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: (601) 987-3079
Fax: (601) 987-4159
Application Fee: $550 (All applications must be completed online.)
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 5 months

MISSOURI (MD/DO)

Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
P.O. Box 4
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-0098
Fax: (573) 751-3166
Application Fee: $75
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 3 months

MONTANA (MD/DO)

Montana Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT  59620-0513
Phone: (406) 841-2361
Fax: (406) 841-2305
Application Fee: $500
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 2 to 4 months

NEBRASKA (MD/DO)

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Regulation and Licensure Credentialing Division
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE  68509
Phone: (402) 471-2118
Fax: (402) 471-8614
Application Fee: $300 during odd years. During even years, costs vary from month to month.
Background Check Fee: $38
FCVS not accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 8 to 12 weeks

NEVADA

Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners (MD)
P.O. Box 7238
Reno, NV  89510
Phone: (775) 688-2559
Fax: (775) 688-2321
Application Fee: $1,425 (includes application fee, registration fee, and criminal background investigation fee)
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 4 months

Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
2275 Corporate Cir., Suite 210
Henderson, NV 89074
Phone: (702) 732-2147
Fax: (702) 732-2079
Application Fee: $1,425 (includes application fee, initial license fee, and fingerprinting fee)

FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 30 to 45 days

NEW HAMPSHIRE (MD/DO)

New Hampshire Board of Medicine
2 Industrial Park Dr., Suite 8
Concord, NH 03301-8520
Phone: (603) 271-1203
Fax: (603) 271-6702
Application Fee: $300
Courtesy License (Locum Tenens) Fee: $150
FCVS required
Average time for obtaining a license: Up to 6 months

NEW JERSEY (MD/DO)

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 183
Trenton, NJ  08625-0183
Phone: (609) 826-7100
Fax: (609) 984-3930
Application Fee: $325

FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 4 to 6 weeks

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Medical Board (MD)
2055 S. Pacheco St., Bldg. 400
Santa Fe, NM  87505
Phone: (505) 476-7220
Fax: (505) 476-7237
Application Fee: $400

FCVS recommended
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 4 months

Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (DO)
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Phone: (505) 476-4622
Fax: (505) 476- 4665
Email: Osteoboard@state.nm.us
Application Fee: $400
FCVS recommended
Average time for obtaining a license: 8 to 12 weeks

NEW YORK (MD/DO)

New York Office of the Professions
State Board of Medicine
89 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12234-1000
Phone: (518) 474-3817
Fax: (518) 402-2323
Application Fee: $735
FCVS accepted for domestic graduates; FCVS required for foreign graduates
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 4 months

NORTH CAROLINA (MD/DO)

North Carolina Medical Board
P.O. Box 20007
Raleigh, NC 27619-0007
Phone: (919) 326-1100
Fax: (919) 326-1130
Application Fee: $440 (Includes fingerprint processing fee and NPDB query fee)
FCVS not required
Average time for obtaining a license: 4 to 6 months

NORTH DAKOTA (MD/DO)

North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners
City Center Plaza
418 E. Broadway Ave., Suite 12
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: (701) 328-6500
Fax: (701) 328-6505
Application Fee: $200
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: May vary from a couple weeks to several months. (Process can be delayed by different variables, such as an incomplete application and waiting for documents and verifications to arrive.)

OHIO (MD/DO)

State Medical Board of Ohio
30 E. Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6127
Phone: (614) 466-3934
Fax: (614) 728-5946
Application Fee: $335
Criminal Record Check Fee: $24 (FBI) and $22 (Ohio BCI), plus vendor processing fees
FCVS required
Average time for obtaining a license: 3 to 5 months depending on the FCVS and the results of the background check

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision (MD)
P.O. Box 18256
Oklahoma City, OK 73154-0256
Phone: (405) 962-1400
Fax: (405) 962-1440
Medical License Fee: $302
Temporary License Fee: $250
FCVS recommended
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 3 months

Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners (DO)
4848 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone: (405) 528-8625
Fax: (405) 557-0653
Application Fee: $575
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: Not provided; contact board for time frame

OREGON (MD/DO)

Oregon Medical Board
1500 SW First Ave., Suite 620
Portland, OR 97201-5826
Phone: (971) 673-2700
Fax: (971) 673-2670
Application Fee: $375
Initial (2-year) Registration: $556
Criminal Background Check Fee: $48
FCVS recommended
Average time for obtaining a license: 2 to 4 months

PENNSYLVANIA (MD/DO)

Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone: (717) 787-2381
Fax: (717) 787-7769
Email: ST-MEDICINE@PA.GOV
Contact board directly for licensure and fee information
FCVS recommended
Average time for obtaining a license: Not provided; contact board for time frame

RHODE ISLAND (MD/DO)

Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline
Dept. of Health, Cannon Bldg., Room 205
Three Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097
Phone: (401) 222-3855
Fax: (401) 222-2158
Full Medical License Fee: $1,090 (or $1,290 if also applying for a Controlled Substance Registration [CSR]) 
FCVS required
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 12 to 16 weeks

SOUTH CAROLINA (MD/DO)

South Carolina Board of Examiners
P.O. Box 11289
Columbia, SC 29211-1289
Phone: (803) 896-4500
Fax: (803) 896-4515
Application Fee: $580
FCVS required
Average time for obtaining a license: Application will be processed within 14 days after received by the board. (Status can be checked online.) License issued within 3 to 6 months after application is processed.

SOUTH DAKOTA (MD/DO)

South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
101 North Main Ave., Suite 301
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 367-7781
Fax: (605) 367-7786
Application Fee: $200
Background Check Fee: $43.25
FCVS recommended for international medical graduates
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 6 to 8 weeks

TENNESSEE (MD/DO)

Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners
Heritage Place Metro Center
227 French Landing, Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 532-3202
Fax: (615) 253-4484
Application Fee: $410
Background Check Fee: $60
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 8 weeks

TEXAS (MD/DO)

Texas Medical Board
PRC, MC-240
P.O. Box 2029
Austin, TX  78768-2029
Phone: (512) 305-7030
Fax: (512) 463-9416
Application Fee: $1,002 plus registration fee, which varies upon issuance of license

Background Check Fee: $44.20
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 4 to 6 months

UTAH (MD/DO)

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-6741
Phone: (801) 530-6628
Fax: (801) 530-6511
Application Fee: $200 (or $300, if also applying for a Controlled Substance Registration [CSR]) 
FCVS required
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 12 to 16 weeks

VERMONT

Vermont Board of Medical Practice (MD)
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402-0070
Phone: (802) 657-4223
Fax: (802) 828-5450
Licensure Fee: $650
FCVS recommended
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 12 to 16 weeks

The Board of Osteopathic Surgeons (DO)
89 Main St., 3rd Floor
Montpelier, VT 05402-0070
Phone: (802) 828-1505
Licensure Fee: $500
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: Applications are generally processed within 3 to 5 days of receipt of all required information

VIRGINIA (MD/DO)

Virginia Board of Medicine
9960 Mayland Dr., Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Phone: (804) 367-4600
Fax: (804) 527-4426
Email: medbd@dhp.virginia.gov
Application Fee: $302
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 12 to 16 weeks

WASHINGTON

Washington State Department of Health
Medical Commission (MD)
Dept. of Health Revenue Section
P.O. Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099
Phone: (360) 236-2750
Fax: (360) 236-2795
Application Fee: $491
FCVS recommended
Average time for obtaining a license: 8 to 20 weeks

Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (DO)
Washington State Department of Health

Dept. of Health Revenue Section
P.O. Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099
Phone: (360) 236-4700
Endorsement Application Fee: $391
Endorsement/State Exam Application Fee: $516
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 8 to 12 weeks

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia Board of Medicine (MD)
101 Dee Dr.
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: (304) 558-2921
Fax: (304) 558-2084
Application Fee: $400
Temporary License: Additional $100
FCVS recommended
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 3 months

West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
405 Capitol St., Suite 402
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-6095
Fax: (304) 558-6096
Application Fee: $400
Uniform Application optional
FCVS recommended
Average time for obtaining a license: Not provided; contact board for time frame

WISCONSIN (MD/DO)

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Medical Examining Board
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
Phone: (608) 266-2112
Email: dsps@wisconsin.gov
Application Fee: $75
Uniform Application optional
FCVS accepted
Average time for obtaining a license: 8 to 12 weeks

WYOMING (MD/DO)

Wyoming Board of Medicine
130 Hobbs Ave., Suite A
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 778-7053
Fax: (307) 778-2069
Email: wyomedboard@wyo.gov
Application Fee: $600

Uniform Application required

FCVS required
Average time for obtaining a license: Minimum of 2 to 4 months

Please note that the fees, timelines, and other information provided above were in effect at the writing of this post and are subject to change. Similarly, the timelines for obtaining a license are estimates. 

Medicus Healthcare Solutions’ experienced licensing team can help you with the licensing process in any state. To speak with one of our dedicated licensing coordinators, please call 855.301.0563, or email Licensing@medicushcs.com and one of our knowledgeable team members will contact you shortly.

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